Nothing historic about today's starting lineup

BALTIMORE -- For the past week, Red Sox players have been talking history.

They knew at some point when they faced a left-handed pitcher that Red Sox manager Terry Francona would pencil Bill Hall, Mike Cameron and Darnell McDonald into the lineup as the starting outfielders.

That’s the case today against the Orioles and Cameron thought he would be a part of the first all African-American starting outfield for Boston. That’s not the case.

Fellow Red Sox beat writer Alex Speier of WEEI.com did some research and found that it last occurred on April 20, 2001 with Troy O’Leary, Carl Everett and Darren Lewis. It also happened a bunch of times in the late '90s.

According to ESPN stats and research department’s Keith Hawkins, there were 42 games during the 1999 season where O’Leary, Lewis and Damon Buford started in the outfield. In 2000, O’Leary, Everett and Lewis started 28 games together.